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Navajo Dual Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stones and Stampwork Sterling Silver Post Earrings
Item #42282
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The Navajo silversmith who designed and fabricated these Navajo Dual Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stones and Stampwork Sterling Silver Post Earrings expresses artistic sensibilities by pairing differently shaped cabochons of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise—an oval and a teardrop—in each earring. The individually stamped sterling silver settings also feature decorative “raindrop” accents—a technique dating to 1880 or earlier. Handcrafted in the U.S.A. Naturally occurring turquoise and individually crafted settings assure each earring is one-of-a-kind.
Highly sought for its sky blue color and little-to-no veining, the beautiful cabochons centering these Navajo Dual Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Stones and Stampwork Sterling Silver Post Earrings have been shaped from turquoise extracted from Arizona Sleeping Beauty mines that have been mined by Native Americans since 1000 CE. The long tradition of stamping designs into sterling silver is believed to have begun in the 1850s with Atsidi Sani, who is said to have learned to work silver from a Mexican smith. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian includes many beautiful examples of Navajo hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry, many adorned with Sleeping Beauty turquoise.

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